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rhea

noun \ˈrē-ə\

Definition of RHEA

:  either of two South American ratite birds (Rhea americana and Pterocnemia pennata of the family Rheidae) that resemble but are smaller than the African ostrich and that have three toes, a fully feathered head and neck, an undeveloped tail, and pale gray to brownish feathers that droop over the rump and back
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Origin of RHEA

New Latin, genus of birds, probably from Latin Rhea, mother of Zeus, from Greek
First Known Use: 1797

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RHEA Defined for Kids

rhea

noun \ˈrē-ə\

Definition of RHEA for Kids

:  a tall flightless South American bird that resembles but is smaller than the ostrich

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